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date: 24 October 2020

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The term ‘Rewritten Scripture’ has been used most frequently by scholars to denote a group of texts that reproduce substantial portions of one or more biblical books, but modify the scriptural text by means of addition, omission, paraphrase, rearrangement, or other types of change. The clearest examples of Rewritten Scripture at Qumran include the Book of Jubilees, the Genesis Apocryphon, the Temple Scroll, and perhaps the Reworked Pentateuch manuscripts. This article begins by briefly describing the four Qumran texts. Then, it takes up the question of how ‘Rewritten Scripture’ might best be defined. The article concludes by discussing the importance of Rewritten Scripture texts for an understanding of the interpretation of scripture in late Second Temple period Judaism.

Keywords: scriptural text, Book of Jubilees, Genesis Apocryphon, Temple Scroll, Reworked Pentateuch, Second Temple Judaism

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